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    U.S. Interests Lie in a Democratic Bangladesh

    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week held a hearing on labor and trade issues in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza last April that killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh. While these issues are important, Congress should also focus on the current challenges … More

    Bangladesh Crisis is a Chance to Right the Fight Against Islamism

    In 1971, “George Harrison and Friends” took the stage at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Bangladesh — a new nation plagued by disease, famine and unrest. Most Americans had not even heard of Bangladesh, but they responded to the need. On the night of the Concert for Bangladesh … More

    U.S. Should Support Postponing Elections in Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh government’s announcement late last month that parliamentary elections would be held on January 5 has been met with much opposition. Current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the ruling Awami League party eliminated the constitutional requirement to install a neutral caretaker government to oversee elections, prompting the major opposition … More

    Bangladesh: Keys to a Better Future

    “If there is any roadblock to us [moving Bangladesh to a better future], it is not the economy.… It is the political structure and the political leadership,” Dr. Ali Riaz, a professor at Illinois State University said at a recent event hosted by The Heritage Foundation. Bangladesh’s economic development, while … More

    Opposition to Burma’s “Two-Child Policy” Mounting

    Burma’s political icon, Aung san Suu Kyi, is finally speaking out about the plight of ethnic populations in Burma, and the U.S. State Department seems to be listening. Burma is facing opposition from the U.S. for its “two-child policy” targeting the Muslim minority Rohingya. Recent enforcement of the 1994 two-child … More

    President Obama, Bangladesh Has Faced Enough Tragedy, Don’t Take Away Jobs, Too

    Since late last year, workers in Bangladesh have been beset by tragedy after tragedy. First there was a factory fire that killed over 100 garment workers in November. Then last month a garment complex collapsed, killing over 1,000 people. Now, as if to add insult to injury, the Obama Administration … More

    To Prevent Another Factory Tragedy, Bangladesh Should Embrace Economic Freedom

    Over the past two weeks, the world has looked on in shock and horror as the mangled bodies of Bangladeshi garment workers were pulled from the rubble of their collapsed factory. To date, over 600 people have been killed. So far, much of the blame has been directed at the … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Week Two: The Ways It Might Fail

    In New York, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference is entering its final phase, and the ways in which the negotiations might fail are becoming clearer. A large number of nations—mainly the Middle East but also Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and others—are not going to get much of … More

    Bangladesh Spring Turns Violent

    At least 44 people have been killed in the past two days in protests in Bangladesh following the third conviction by a war crimes tribunal set up to investigate the role of Islamist political leaders in Bangladesh’s independence movement in 1971. The recent spurt in violence follows a month of … More

    India Property Rights: Not a New Problem

    For the past few weeks, India’s internal turmoil has been on display via news headlines on rape, widespread poverty, and continued civil conflict. Foreign Affairs recently published an article exploring one of the root causes of India’s widespread poverty and a perpetrator of its social challenges: landlessness. The article explains … More